Sounds like she has some depression, which often goes hand-in-hand with dementia. Could be a good idea to speak to your physician about some depression medication, as we do want to make sure we treat depression in dementia. The other thing I would recommend is making a daily plan for her: have things to do, places to go, people to see. She probably doesn’t have a reason for getting out of bed, so she feels depressed, and goes back to sleep. Ask her “for her help” to finish household projects and get her engaged in chores and other things to “assist” you.
Rachael’s program is excellent! We are now better prepared to give our residents the care and understanding they need and to support our resident families with confidence. She also helped us with our engagement activities and daily activity calendars. We are now Dementia By Day Certified!
– Tracy Sneed, Owner of Remember Me Senior Care (TN)